Flesh and Steel During the Great War

The Transformation of the French Army and the Invention of Modern Warfare

Michel Goya

Michel Goya's Flesh and Steel during the Great War is one of the most thoughtful, stimulating and original studies of the conflict to have appeared in recent years. It is a major contribution towards a deeper understanding of the impact of the struggle on the Western Front on the theory and practice of warfare in the French army.
Date Published :
December 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Contributor(s) :
Hew Strachan, Andrew Uffindell
Language:
English
Illustration :
20 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473886964
Pages : 344
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Michel Goya’s Flesh and Steel during the Great War is one of the most thoughtful, stimulating and original studies of the conflict to have appeared in recent years. It is a major contribution towards a deeper understanding of the impact of the struggle on the Western Front on the theory and practice of warfare in the French army. In a series of incisive, closely argued chapters he explores the way in which the senior commanders and ordinary soldiers responded to the extraordinary challenges posed by the mass industrial warfare of the early twentieth century.

In 1914 the French army went to war with a flawed doctrine, brightly-colored uniforms and a dire shortage of modern, heavy artillery How then, over four years of relentless, attritional warfare, did it become the great, industrialized army that emerged victorious in 1918?

To show how this change occurred, the author examines the pre-war ethos and organization of the army and describes in telling detail how, through a process of analysis and innovation, the French army underwent the deepest and fastest transformation in its history.

About The Author
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Michel Goya, A Former Colonel In The French Army, Teaches Military History At The World-Renowned Sciences Po University In Paris And Is The Author Of A Series Of Ground-Breaking Studies Of Modern Warfare Including Res Militaris: De L'emploi Des Forces Armes Au Xxie Sicle, Irak: Les Armes Du Chaos And La Chair Et L'acier: L'invention De La Guerre Moderne.

Hew Strachan is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews and was formerly the Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls College, Oxford.

Andrew Uffindel is one of the leading experts on the Napoleonic era. He is the author of many books and articles in this field, including The National Army Museum book of Wellington’s Armies; Napoleon’s Immortals, Napoleon 1814 and Waterloo Commanders.

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